Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Horton Hears a Who! Can You? Plush Board Book is based on Dr. Seussí classic hardcover story book, Horton Hears a Who! The picture book is part of the Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection published by Random House. The publisher takes the popular Dr. Seuss book and recreates it as a short activity book for babies(infants), toddlers, nursery and daycare kids. Jan Gerardi illustrates the board book, Horton Hears a Who! Can You?
As one can imagine, the picture book is a very short version of the original. A ghostwriter weaves the basics of the original story into this version. People, who want the original story, stay away from this format. Remember Dr. Seuss does not write the text. It is for parents and caregivers who want to share a simple nursery book with a child.
For those unfamiliar with Horton Hears a Who!, Horton is an elephant. He finds a speck of dust on which the citizens of Who-Ville live. Horton places the dust on a clover head and promises to protect them. However, the other Jungle(forest) animals are not able to hear the Whos and believe the elephant is batty. They chase and try to separate Horton from his clover.
Horton Hears a Who! Can You? Board Book draws the child into Hortonís story by having them hear the Whos like Horton. A Horton puppet comes with the board book to engage them. The hand puppet helps kids interact and focus on the picture book. Juveniles at this age level have very short attention spans. Horton Hears a Who! Can You? Plush Board Book is part of the Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection. Click for the complete online list.
As the infants grow older, use the bright colors to teach them to recognize colors. Ask them what color is Horton? What color is the grass? What color is the flower? Later, count together the number of animals, flowers, trees and so forth on a page. Board book usage in this manner helps stretch funds and expand the childís knowledge, thus preparing them for reading and mathematics.
Children need a regular routine. A set bedtime and place to sleep are part of the daily routine. Read a bedtime story as part of the nightly ritual. Read quiet, soothing books to children in their warm, comfortable bed. This allows a child to associate reading with comfort and security. The association will continue a lifetime.
Use the Children Books Site's alphabetical list of Dr. Seuss books in print as a catalog for parents, grandparents and caregivers to the world of Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss classic books, tapes, Audio CD's, CD-ROMs are great birthday, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas books for young children. Click to read an online review of each Dr Seuss juvenile book on the web page. Enjoy the printable list of Dr Seuss titles!
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Note: Horton Hears a Who! Can You? review copy is from a friend's library collection.